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Trump agrees to transfer power for first time, spurred by Congress’s certification of Biden’s win

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 7, 2021

An American flag flies over the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.   (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
An American flag flies over the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
Chris Sommerfeldt New York Daily News

Even President Trump knows it’s over.

Trump admitted for the first time early Thursday that he lost the 2020 election and committed to an “orderly” transition of power after Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement. “I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”

Trump’s long-delayed decision committing to transferring power after losing the presidential election follows  one of the darkest days in modern American history played out on Capitol Hill.

Incited by Trump, a mob of far-right rioters, many armed, stormed the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers were counting the Electoral College votes in the final step before Biden’s inauguration, resulting in four deaths and a lengthy delay of the certification process.

Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

Trump’s commitment to a peaceful transfer of power came after several White House officials resigned in protest of his handling of Wednesday’s Capitol chaos.

Also Wednesday, members of Trump’s Cabinet began discussing the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office on grounds that he’s a danger to the nation, according to reports.

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